Emirates has been one of the airlines that maintained a generous baggage allowance for economy passengers. In a day when US airlines are unbundling their fares and charging for things as simple as a single checked bag, it has been a relief to be able to check up to 2 bags with Emirates – even in economy.
Emirates New Baggage Cuts Will Not Affect US – European Flights
Link: Emirates Baggage Rules
However, changes are coming next month for destinations around the Emirates network with and this includes the cheapest two classes of economy fares for flights from the US to both Milan and Athens, the two European destinations from the US with Emirates.
Here is some information on the new baggage changes for other markets around the world.
While it is going to be pretty bad for customers around the world, I think it is not a very smart move to make this new restriction on their European routes. They only have two, at present, – JFK to Milan (aboard their A380) and Newark to Athens (aboard a 777).
Not a Smart Move by Emirates to Cut Baggage Allowances to Europe from the US
Emirates is one of two airlines that fly from the US to Europe that had allowed 2 free bags for economy passengers (Turkish is the other) and that has been great news for the two destinations they serve. This move to cut the baggage allowance will leave Turkish as the only US-European airline to offer 2 bags for all economy passengers.
The New Baggage Rule for US – Europe
After February 4, the cheapest two fare classes for flights from the US to Europe on Emirates will only give one bag to passengers.
Especially for their Newark – Athens flight, this is a lot of family heading between the US and Greece (and carrying a lot of luggage) or vacationers heading to Greece for cruises or beaches (and also carrying a lot of luggage).
Even with Emirates being the only airline proving year-round, non-stop service between the US and Greece, the decision by Emirates to change the baggage allowances does not help Emirates that much for being the choice for flights from the US to Greece.
Of course, if they lose your bag, no matter how many they allow, that can be a problem. 🙂 At least they reimbursed me for everything, even after returning the bag!
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